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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane Valley study examines economic opportunities

It’s probably no surprise Spokane Valley has a high concentration of auto and parts dealers and a retail landscape that’s dominated by big box stores.


He’s not always unemployed, but when he is, it’s because he was dumped

Mexican beer brand Dos Equis is letting go of its gray-haired spokesman, 77-year-old Jonathan Goldsmith, and replacing him with another actor. Goldsmith, known in the ads as the “Most Interesting …


Amazon leases 20 jets to build out logistics network

Amazon is taking to the skies. The e-commerce powerhouse has finalized an agreement to lease 20 Boeing jets from Air Transport Services Group Inc. as it builds out its U.S. …


Whole Foods to install rooftop solar at 100 stores

Whole Foods Market Inc. is embracing solar power. The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain has signed agreements with SolarCity and NRG Energy Inc. to install rooftop solar units at up to …


Doug Clark: Best Buy Surplus is a hidden gem frozen in time

Best Buy Surplus, 2516 E. Sprague, is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Or its 71st birthday, depending on what source you believe. But it doesn’t really matter. The great …


Target taps Amazon executive to overhaul supply chain

Target says it has tapped an Amazon executive to lead the overhaul of its supply chain that has been stretched by the demands of e-commerce.


Recalls this week: child seats, pellet stoves, gas boilers

Here’s a detailed look at recalls issued this week:


Evenflo recalls over 56,000 child seats for harness problem

Evenflo is recalling over 56,000 child safety seats because curious children can loosen the internal harness, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.


Consumer spending up solid 0.5 percent in January

Americans boosted their spending in January at the fastest pace in eight months, while their incomes increased by the largest amount since June. Both are signs that the economy got …


UPS invests in same-day delivery company Deliv

UPS, looking for ways to get goods to shoppers faster, is investing in same-day delivery company Deliv.


Nordstrom earnings disappoint

Nordstrom’s fourth-quarter earnings failed to meet Wall Street expectations, following a dismal third quarter in which it also failed to meet analysts’ expectations and lowered its outlook for the year.


Kmart buying up bankrupt companies’ products to offer big discounts

Struggling discount department store Kmart will begin selling merchandise from bankrupt retailers, liquidations and “other opportunistic situations,” the company said Wednesday.


Wal-Mart’s earnings test investor patience

Wal-Mart is spending billions of dollars to pay its hourly workers more and spruce up its stores and online services. But its fourth-quarter results show that it’ll take time to …


Nordstrom taking discount Rack concept to Canada

Nordstrom will open its first Nordstrom Rack in Canada in Toronto in 2018.


After challenging holiday, Sears to speed up store closings

Sears keeps pruning its business in a years-long makeover, a bid to transform itself from a 123-year-old retail store into a nimble, 21st century operator. Patience appears to be wearing …


Amazon job postings signal plans to scale up bookstore business

A bevy of recent highly specialized job postings suggests Amazon.com is indeed laying the foundation for a brick-and-mortar bookstore business whose ambitions extend well beyond the University Village location it …


Local plastic bag bans would be blocked by House bill

Cities and counties in Idaho would need state approval to enforce plastic bag bans under a new proposal currently making its way through the Idaho Statehouse, even though no such …


Lowe’s to buy Canadian chain Rona for $2.3 billion

Lowe’s said Wednesday it plans to acquire a Canadian home improvement company for $2.3 billion, marking the Charlotte-area retailer’s second attempt to acquire Quebec-based Rona.


U.S. consumer spending flat, sending savings rate up

U.S. consumers kept their spending flat in December and instead boosted their savings rate to the highest level in three years.


Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz confident in China bet despite turmoil

Worries about the Chinese economy are rocking markets the world over, but Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he’s confident in Beijing’s policymaking – and that his coffee empire is still …


Macy’s to close department store in downtown Spokane

Macy’s is closing its downtown Spokane department store amid slumping sales.


Small retailers get creative when holiday sales turn slow

With the Thanksgiving weekend behind them and the big final rush of holiday shopping still to come, independent retailers have to get creative to bring customers in during the slowest …


Haggen to close Liberty Lake store as part of bankruptcy

The Haggen grocery chain will close its Liberty Lake store just months after entering the Eastern Washington market.


Buffalo Girls Salvage expanding jewelry, home decor empire

Buffalo Girls Salvage started out as two women, both veterans, working out of their homes painting vintage furniture. Now Tamra Brannon and Ginger Lyons own a retail shop and a …


Buffalo Girls Salvage expanding jewelry, home decor empire

Buffalo Girls Salvage started out as two women, both veterans, working out of their homes painting vintage furniture. Now Tamra Brannon and Ginger Lyons own a retail shop and a …


Grocery chain Haggen files for bankruptcy

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The small grocery-store chain Haggen has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Bellingham Herald reports that Chief Executive John Clougher said the reorganization will allow …


CV grad president of apparel, footwear giant

Winning the day in retail means creating an experience the customer wants to be part of, Steve Rendle says. The Spokane Valley native learned that as an outdoorsy teenager in …


Liberty Lake ends yearlong moratorium on pot, as tight zoning is placed on city

The Liberty Lake City Council, which passed a law last year ticketing minors who appear to be high in public, voted unanimously Tuesday to end a yearlong moratorium on recreational …


Pot sellers report December sales increase in Spokane County

Spokane County’s nine recreational marijuana stores all reported sales in December higher than the previous month, pushing the legal market above $1.2 million as it continues to grow and gain …


Liberty Lake Safeway store part of huge Haggen acquisition

Bellingham-based Haggen Inc. will enter the grocery market in Eastern Washington by buying the Safeway store in Liberty Lake, the company announced Friday. Haggen will buy 146 Safeway and Albertsons …